National Vital Statistics System
The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in Public Health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation's official vital statistics. These data are provided through contracts between NCHS and vital registration systems operated in the various jurisdictions legally responsible for the registration of vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.
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e-Vital Standards Initiatives
- Changes in the Leading Cause of Death: Recent Patterns in Heart Disease and Cancer Mortality (8/2016)
- The Validity of Race and Hispanic-origin Reporting on Death Certificates in the United States: An Update [PDF - 3.05 MB] (8/2016)
- Quarterly provisional estimates for selected birth indicators, 2014–Quarter 1, 2016 (8/2016)
- Quarterly provisional estimates for selected indicators of mortality, 2014–Quarter 1, 2016 (8/2016)
- Prepregnancy Body Mass Index by Maternal Characteristics and State: Data From the Birth Certificate, 2014 [PDF - 618 KB] (8/2016)
- Deaths: Leading Causes for 2014 [PDF- 3.45 MB] (6/2016)
- Deaths: Final Data for 2014 [PDF- 4.37 MB] (6/2016)
- Page last reviewed: February 16, 2016
- Page last updated: February 16, 2016
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